The Secret Teachings of All Ages Manly P. Hall Huston Smith says that this classic is "a masterful summation of the esoteric teachings of the ages". And Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo astronaut, says "it will guide historians, philosophers, and lay seekers of esoteric wisdom for centuries."
“Zeno of Elea asserted that there was but one God, who was an eternal, ungenerated Being.”
"The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all people welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by humanity has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of humanity upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach us to be born well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band – those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility – the philosophers of the ages invite you."
"Everything which exists has a spirit – the seed of Divinity within itself."
"Within the divine, incorporeal, and eternal sphere are included all the lower manifestations of life – all that is, has been, or ever shall be. Within the Kosmic Intellect all things spiritual or material exist as archetypes, or divine thought-forms."
"Within the nature of man is reflected the entire universe in miniature."
"Man's nature – consisting of his physical organism, his emotional nature, and his mental faculties – reflects the light of his Divinity and bears witness of It in the physical world."
“Xenophanes declared that God ‘is all things’.”
"The invisible nature of man is as vast as his comprehension and as measureless as his thoughts. The fingers of his mind reach out and grasp the stars; his spirit mingles with the throbbing life of Cosmos itself."
"The human body is the Little House made in the image of the Great Universal House. 'Know ye not', asked the Apostle Paul, 'that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?'"
“Through reason man is enabled to elevate himself above the illusionary world of the senses and find eternal repose in perfect union with the Divine Essence.”
"In the theology of the Egyptians, goodness takes precedence and all things partake of its nature. Goodness is sought by all. It is the Prime Cause of causes. Goodness is self-diffused and hence exists in all things."
“All are dependent upon the one fertilizing principle existing in the Supreme Mind.”
"The God of Pythagoras was the Monad, or the One that is Everything. He described God as the Supreme Mind distributed throughout all parts of the universe – the Cause of all things, the Intelligence of all things, and the Power within all things."
"Proclus says: 'Every property of divinity permeates all creation and gives itself to all creatures.'"
"The power to think true is the savior of humanity. The mythological and historical Redeemers of every age were all personifications of that power."
"All is in God and God is in all; all is in all and each is in each."
"It is seen that all forms are of one substance and all life of one force, and these are co-existent in the nature of the Supreme One."
“According to Plato, the One is the term most suitable for defining the Absolute.”
"Every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle."
"The sum of all things being the Good, it is natural that all things should partake of the Good and be arranged in combinations that are harmonious. Harmony is the manifesting expression of the Will of the eternal Good."
"The trend of man's evolutionary growth is ever toward his own essential Selfhood."
"Alchemy teaches that God is in everything; that He is One Universal Spirit, manifesting through an infinity of forms."
"The universe is made up of successive gradations of good."
"God is in all. Therefore, all are divinely in the Divine."
"This world is but the shadow of God….All that is in the invisible archetypal sphere is revealed in the sensible corporeal world by the light of Nature."